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We give because
If you're new or just visiting, please don't feel obligated to give anything. Tithes and offerings are something we do as a group for three reasons. First, we're thankful for everything we have and we believe God gave it to us. To show our thanks, we give some back. Second, the Bible gives us some great examples of tithing which we follow. Abraham gave in Genesis 14:20 and the pattern was repeated time and time again through the Old Testament and into the New. Third, we give financially because we're a community who believe in what God is doing. We aren't a business with an income. It's free to be a part of what's going on. Without selling something or charging at the door, the only way we keep doing this great work together is if we all chip in. So we give.
Take the 10x10 Challenge!
We know that budgeting church tithing up from 0% to 10% is difficult. Try making the shift one month at a time. Use the 10x10 Challenge sheet to track each month's progress toward your goal. Over the course of ten months, you could be fully tithing in the work of your church community. As you give, pray that God would double and triple the impact of your gift so that His work will increase and multiply!
Giving More Than Money
You probably already know this but there's more to give than just money. God gave you time. God gave you energy and gifts. God gave you talent. Any resource that you have in your hand can be given to your church family. Can you paint? Swing a hammer? Listen to someone who's hurting? Bake a meal? Send a note of encouragement? When we give our lives to one another, we invest in a community with endless potential. What can you give? Who can you serve?